Hanna on honoring National Guard: 'Helping right the wrong'

By Jillian Marshall

June 5, 2014 Updated Jun 5, 2014 at 5:29 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) National Guard members may soon have the right for memorial headstones, thanks to a push from a local congressman.

Rep. Richard Hanna (R) stood with local leaders to celebrate that the House of Representatives passed the Guard Units and Reservists Deserve Remembrance Act, or GUARD Remembrance Act, at the VFW Post 478 Thursday afternoon.

The act allows National Guard and Reserve members who have served more than six years to receive a memorial headstone or marker when they pass away.

The Republican said this act is a privilege currently not available to members who haven't been deployed.

"They still stay home with their families at work knowing that, at any moment, they could be called up," Hanna said, "this bill allows them to do something that men and women who are deployed get to do."

Hanna specifically recognized hard work from the local National Guard members.

"We've had a number of large storms, and those men and women have been out there doing the work that they're required to do at all hours of the night and day. It's hard work, it's dangerous work and this is one more way to show respect for their service," Hanna said.

The GUARD Remembrance Act is part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It will head to the Senate next for a vote.